Opportunity Starts at Home is a long-term, multi-sector campaign to meet the rental housing needs of the nation’s low-income people.

Housing affordability is central to other national priorities, like health care, food security, education and more. Yet the gap between rents and incomes is growing, and this is compounded by unprecedented threats to federal housing assistance. Proven solutions to ending homelessness and housing instability exist – what’s missing is the political will to provide resources that will put these solutions into practice in communities across the nation.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition launched the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign together with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Children’s HealthWatch, Make Room, and the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and with a steering committee of partners including Catholic Charities USA, the Children’s Defense Fund, Community Catalyst, the Food Research and Action Center, NAACP, National Alliance on Mental Illness, the National Association of Community Health Centers, the National Education Association, the National League of Cities and UnidosUS.

Campaign Goals

The goals of the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign are to advance federal housing solutions that:

  • Bridge the growing gap between renter incomes and rising housing costs
  • Provide aid to people experiencing job losses or other economic shocks to avert housing instability or homelessness
  • Expand the affordable housing stock for low-income renters
  • Defend existing rental assistance and other targeted housing resources from harmful cuts

Learn more about Opportunity Starts At Home

Memo to Members and Partners Articles

May 17, 2021

Register Now for May 18 Webinar on Multi-Sector Housing Advocacy

The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign will kick off a three-part webinar series entitled “Building Multi-Sector Partnerships to Advance Housing Policy,” with the first webinar on May 18 from 3-4 pm ET. Over the course of three parts, this webinar series will explore the opportunities, challenges…

May 10, 2021

New Fact Sheet on Gender Equity and Housing Available for Download

The Opportunity Starts at Home multi-sector affordable homes campaign recently released a new multi-sector fact sheet on its website explaining the connections between gender equity and stable, affordable housing. Research shows fair access to safe, accessible, and affordable housing in integrated…

May 3, 2021

ZERO TO THREE Releases Report on Opportunity Disparities among Young Children

ZERO TO THREE recently released a new report on the status of infants and toddlers across the nation, providing an analysis of the disparities of opportunity. According to the report, 2 in 5 infants and toddlers live in families whose income was inadequate to make ends meet. As a result, many…